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Medium Access Control (MAC) for LTE

This protocol is layer 2 of the LTE air interface (connecting an LTE UE with an eNodeB).

Protocol dependencies

  • MAC-LTE runs over the PHY layer
  • BCH, PCH and CCCH payloads can be decoded by the LTE RRC dissector
  • RAR UL Grant field can be broken down according to 3GPP TS 36.213

Example traffic



The MAC-LTE dissector is fully functional. However, at the moment there is only support for the DCT2000 file format.

MAC-LTE statistics can be viewed in a window (see Telephony | LTE MAC ...)


Preference Settings

  • Warn if reserved bits are not 0. This controls whether or not expert info should be displayed if reserved bits are non-zero. Default is TRUE.
  • Number of Re-Transmits before expert warning triggered. Default is 3.
  • Attempt to decode BCH, PCH and CCCH data using LTE RRC dissector. Default is TRUE.
  • Attempt to decode details of RAR UL grant field (from breakdown in 3GPP TS 36.213, section 6.2). Default is TRUE.

Example capture file

XXX - Add a simple example capture file to the SampleCaptures page and link from here (see below). Keep this file short, it's also a good idea to gzip it to make it even smaller, as Wireshark can open gzipped files automatically.

Display Filter

A complete list of MAC-LTE display filter fields can be found in the display filter reference

  • Show only the MAC-LTE based traffic:


Capture Filter

You cannot directly filter MAC-LTE protocol frames while capturing.

  • 3GPP TS 36.321 Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Medium Access Control (MAC) protocol specification

  • 3GPP TS 36.213 Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Physical layer procedures


MAC-LTE (last edited 2015-11-26 14:50:17 by PascalQuantin)